Four artists tinker with music and ideas in a joint concert at the CMA

Moor Mother

The Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art will host a free concert titled To another kind of horizonjoint concert with four artists: Moor Mother, Lonnie Holley, Lee Bains and Cleveland’s Mourning. [A] BLKstar.

“To bring these world-class artists together in Cleveland is a dream come true,” said concert organizer AJ Cloot, faculty member of the music department at Case Western Reserve University, in a press release for the event. “I am very happy that we were able to make this concert free for the community. This music is adventurous, but it’s for everyone.”

Kamae Aeva, known as the Moor’s Mother, is a composer, poet, vocalist, and teacher from the Philadelphia underground music scene. She performs with the Afrofuturist literary and artistic collective Black Quantum Futurism and co-directs Irreversible Entanglements and 700 Bliss. Her latest entry jazz codes, came out last year.

Holly is an artist, musician, and educator from a poor and violent Alabama family. In the classic folk art style, he eventually began to create art from found materials and took a similar approach to his experimental improvisational music, which gained popularity among indie hipsters: Michael Stipe, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Sharon Van Etten (as well as Moor mother). ) to appear on his new album Oh me, oh my.

Like Holly, Baines was born in Birmingham, Alabama, although the indie rocker’s background is less dangerous than Holly’s; he’s also a generation younger, white, and his band The Glory Fires signed to Seattle’s ultra-cool label Sub Pop Records. But the songs on his album deconstructed take a ruthless look at the life, history and beliefs of the Deep South.

Mourning [A] BLKstar, founded in 2015 by writer/activist/musician R.A. Washington, has grown from a quartet to an octet, expanding its sonic range, which draws on soul, jazz, blues, electronic music and spoken word to create a detailed representation of black life. in America Today and Its History. It describes itself as “a multi-generational, gender- and genre-inappropriate medley of black culture dedicated to serving the stories and songs of the apocalyptic diaspora.”

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